The horsepower of the BMW 3-Series E46 is by 15 hp grater than the Lexus IS I. As the difference is not big it should not affect the vehicles performance extensively.
The BMW 3-Series E46 Cabrio 320 i 170HP manual consumes 6 % less fuel in the combined cycle when compared to the Lexus. The BMW 3-Series E46 Cabrio 320 i 170HP manual, which is classified in „D” segment burns up by 1.5 l more fuel than the average in its class. The average fuel consumption in this class in the mixed cycle is 7.7 l.
Maximum torque of the BMW is 14 newton meters bigger than the Lexus. Because of this, the BMW 3-Series E46 Cabrio will accelerate slightly swifter and be better to overtake other vehicles. Appropriate use of the flexibility of the engine may also make that the BMW 3-Series E46 Cabrio will burn up on average less fuel for every 100 km.
The BMW 3-Series E46 consumes 0.4 l fewer in the city in relation to the Lexus IS I. The difference at the level of 0.4 l is not realy noticeable in everyday use of the automobile, however, within a several months it can generate a considerable reduction of costs.
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
A little difference in the amount of 0.7 s suggests that the Lexus IS I Estate is the worst car of these two compared. In the „mid-size class, being represented by the Lexus, the average acceleration to 100km/h is 9.9 s and is by 4 % lower than this of Lexus car.
The maximum speed possible to be reached by the BMW 3-Series E46 Cabrio is greater in comparison to of the Lexus IS I Estate 2.0 155HP manual by 3, which allows the BMW 3-Series E46 to cover quicker long stretches of highway. The difference at the level of 3 % is little and will not be a very noticable in everyday driving.
Maximal torque RPM
A greater range and a lower number of revolutions at which the maximum torque is reached determines an engine’s dynamism and flexibility. Still, in order to have a full perspective on a car’s engine performance, it is good to analyze a torque graph.
distance between left and right side of a vehicle influences on room in the cabin and also stability on road. The BMW 3-Series E46 is widther only by 32 mm in comparison to the Lexus IS I and is not really important. The medium for the „large family cars” segment amounts to approximately 1,764 mm and is by 7 mm smaller than the same feature of the BMW 3-Series E46.
BMW 3-Series E46 Cabrio 320 i 170HP manual has 40 mm longer wheelbase in comparison to the Lexus. A longer wheelbase provides more stable and comfortable ride, especially when driving fast. It also gives more storage space. However, vehicles having a longer wheelbase are not as maneuverable as those with a shorter length between its axles.
The BMW 3-Series E46 Cabrio has by 9 % larger engine displacement in relation to the Lexus IS I Estate 2.0 155HP manual. This play a little role in terms of acceleration, as both figures does not differ much.